Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?
1 Kings 3: 9
What do we often ask God during our prayer time? Fame? Success? Money? Although it is not bad to request for these things, it is unusual yet amazing for someone to pray for wisdom and discernment just like King Solomon. Instead of asking for long life and riches, he prayed for wisdom.
Do we often consult God before we decide to make a move? Are we asking for His guidance to lead our day to day activities? The problem with people is that we complain before we listen. We grumble even for petty challenges and we blame God for a difficult situation. If we truly believe in His sovereignty and ask wisdom before we take several steps forward, life is sweeter.
In application, God is full of wisdom and He is generous to give wisdom to those who are asking for it. If we are uncertain of what to do or where to go, ask God to lead the way. The discernment that comes from God will always result in a better judgment. When in doubt, call unto Him and He will answer. His landline is open 24/7 and there are no technical difficulties. Why not call Him now?
and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn
1 Kings 2:3
Nobody’s going to tell you that life is easy. In fact, life is very tough. Challenges are everywhere. It is either a storm had just passed by or you are in the storm, or a storm is coming into your life. But you know what, the good thing is, God is always good, loving, merciful and kind. No matter how hard life is, if we stay obedient to His words and keep His commandments, everything will fall into place.
Trust and obey. That is the secret of a life that is full of joy despite the obstacles of life. If we put our faith in God and allow Him to take control, we have an assurance that His plan is for our good. All we need to do is walk in His ways and follow His commandments. Listen to the Holy Spirit and ask God to guide your steps to take the right path. There is no harm in it. The truth is faith in God is all gain and nothing to lose. Those who believe in Him shall not perish.
3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:3-4
A very common problem in the family is favoritism. Between siblings, rivalry is usual especially when one of them thinks that their parents love their brother/sister more than them. Instead of voicing this out to dad and mom, kids seek attention and advice from friends. Some even choose the wrong way and rebel. Will the parents be happy with this? Probably they are showing more attention to one child because that child is obedient and kind. Parents love their children fairly but of course, it is those who follow their commands that make parents’ hearts glad and proud.
Examine yourself. Are you the obedient kid or the rebellious child?
In connection, our Father in Heaven is also fair when it comes to His children. However, if we seek someone or something else, we will not be attentive to what He is saying nor we take His warnings for granted. And we wonder why life has been so problematic when in the first place, God commanded us to obey His words!
On the other hand, those who seek Him will find Him. If we draw closer to God, He will draw closer to us as well. To those who prioritize Jesus, the best is yet to come. If God is with us, we are sure that whatever trial this world brings, we will overcome.
Prayer: Lord, remind us to seek You first above all else. Convict us when we are going the opposite path and doing things that are not according to Your will.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
(2 Samuel 22:2-3)
If there is one thing that I would like myself to be compared with, I would want to be a rock. I just admire how sturdy rocks are in standing the test of time. Certainly, rocks withstand strong winds, typhoons, storms, floods, earthquakes or even fires. No wonder most houses of today are made out of rocks and cement because of its proven sturdiness.
In the same way, our life as a Christian should also be anchored on the Rock of our Salvation. If our house gives us enough protection from the heat of the sun, the strong winds, and storms, our dear Lord protects us from the rock of their life find peace and quiet. No matter how hard life is and no matter where life will take us, as long as God is with us, it will be the best life ever. God’s shield will always keep us away from evil and harm.
But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
Life is very vital. It is so ironic that while some are doing their very best to prolong life, expectancy, others just don’t care. There is an increasing number of individuals who are committing suicide. How horrible it is to know that a precious gift was gone in an instant because of the wicked world.
However, did you know that even we Christians will one day experience death? It is inevitable and we are not immune to it. In fact, there are Christians who were killed while spreading the good news. Mr. Jim Elliot, the first husband of Elizabeth Elliot, died while on a mission in Auca. To the people who are unbelievers, it may be thought as unfortunate and risky but to us, to die is gain because death commences our new life with Jesus in Heaven.
Obedience to authority and most of all, to God’s words, is one vital part of Christian living. Do not worry about your life for God will take care of it.
Working as a nurse and dealing with terminally ill patients had proven me that life is so short. All of us will one day be buried six feet under. Our life here on earth is only temporary. The real deal is the life that comes after death.
Life is a gift from God and take note that we only have one life to live. Unlike earthworms which reproduce when cut into pieces, ours is very fragile. That is why we are always told to take care of our physical bodies. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are fundamental. However, aside from the physical aspect, we must also aim to improve and prioritize our spiritual life. Because even though we are healthy physically,mentally, emotionally and financially, if our spiritual life is empty, life after death will be horrible.
God wants us all to be saved. He doesn’t want us to banish and suffer in the eternal fire. If you are certain that you are saved, well and good. Proclaim the gospel and share the good news so that many will also attain salvation. If not, time is running. Better make up your mind to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Tomorrow might be too late.
27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
2 Samuel 11:27
Due to our desire to attain happiness, success or pleasure, sometimes we doesn’t care even if it means violating or compromising the welfare of others. Just like King David who sent Uriah to a fight with a little chance of survival just to have the latter’s wife, we resort to dirty tactics even with the sake of other people just to get what we want. However, take note that the end does not justify the means and God is never pleased with wicked motives and actions.
Keep in mind that it is better to get low grades than to cheat. But of course, it is still best to study hard and prepare yourself for an exam. Same is true when it comes to work matters and other aspects of life. Notice that even the faithful servant of God like King David can still fall into temptation which means that we are at risk of doing things that are unpleasing in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must devote more time communicating with him and meditating His words so that the chance of doing things that are unrighteous will be lessened.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
1 Timothy 1: 15
Dengue fever is one of the most endemic communicable diseases in the country. Because almost every family had at least one or more members who suffered from the illness, others take it for granted. For this very reason, a lot of patients who were rushed to the hospital were already at the worst stage of bleeding which leads to death.
My brother was one of the victims of Aedes Egypti, the mosquito which carries Dengue Fever. He was in elementary when he had the disease. His platelet dropped and blood transfusion was necessary. Glory to God, a kind donor donated his blood and my brother’s platelet increased thereafter. Today, my brother is now a Civil Engineer. Thanks be to God! Thanks be to the person who donated his blood.
Blood saves lives. Isn’t it that the blood of Jesus which saved us from the slavery of sin? All because of Jesus, who was crucified and died, we can inherit the kingdom of God and we can live in eternity. The wages of sin is death but God is so gracious, that those who believes in his son Jesus will be rewarded with eternal life.
Without the blood of Jesus, we’re all doomed to suffer in the blazing fire of hell.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him
(Colossians 1: 21-22)
Ever heard of royal rumble in the streets? Ever knew someone who is not afraid of anyone? I know how it feels to cringe whenever we hear or witness stories of riots. And the sad news is, the age of those who are involved are getting younger. Those who were supposed to be sitting down in school are spending the night to dawn in the busy streets of the metro. Their innocence are lost at a very young age.
Behind every member of these gang involve in riots have a story to tell. Curiosity brought me to the life of Nicky Cruz. He is a Christian Evangelist, founder of an evangelistic Christian Ministry called Nicky Cruz Outreach. But before converting as a Christian, he was one of those who is spreading wickedness in New York. In fact, he was the leader of the New York City gang known as The Mau-Maus. Just like any other rebel, his past turned him to become antisocial. His parents were followers of Spiritism and they mentally abused him as a child. He was always getting into trouble. At a very young age, he lived on the streets and was exposed to city gangs. But God did not allow him to live a dirty life until death. He sent David Wilkerson, a preacher who told this gang that JESUS love them and would never stop loving them. It was not easy at first but God was continuously talking to him and in the altar call conducted by Wilkerson, a large number of the gang surrendered their life to Jesus. This was the beginning of Nicky Cruz’ conversion to Christianity.
Our God has various amazing ways of transforming lives. Each of us has his/her own testimony. We were once living in darkness but because of Christ, we are now walking in the light of God. Nicky Cruz had shared his amazing story to others which testifies how great our God is. How about us? Did God liberate you from addiction? Did God transformed your life from filthy living to a holy habit? Don’t keep it a secret. Share it! You’ll never know how it will impact the lives of others who are at the same shoes as yours before.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
According to Wikipedia, it was stated in the Book of Genesis in the Bible that Jehovah Jireh was a place in the land of Moriah. It was the location of the binding of Isaac, where God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham named the place after the Lord provided a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac.
I know you’ve been used to my testimony of finding a job as an example (if you’ve read my other articles) that’s why I will use another story.
My aunt and her husband got married when I was in high school however, few years had passed and they were still not able to conceive a child. They have prayed to God so hard, every day for my aunt to conceive. After 8 years, God answered their prayers. Now, they are living a life with joy having three kids—two princes and a princess! Amazing! God was able to supply their need to reproduce.
The story of five loaves and two fishes reminds me of how magical is the power of God, it seems impossible yet it is real. Every single tear you cry is a diamond in His hands. He knows what you’ve been going through. He knows what you need. He is our Great Provider. And there is nothing in this world that He cannot do. So, let’s run to Him and He will ran to us.